Films: Bob-Dee Bob the Slob
The City Aloud
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Bomba-Dancing the Drum
Documentary Feature > Puerto Rico > 2000 > 60 min > Color PART OF THE SERIES > Documentary LANGUAGE > In Spanish with English subtitles FORMAT > DVD PRODUCTION COMPANY > Searchlight Films DIRECTOR > Ashley James PRODUCER > Roberta Singer
(Midwest Premiere) A lively and moving portrait of La Familia Cepeda, know as the “patriarch family” of bomba, Puerto Rico’s electrifying dance tradition. Like American tap dancing and Cuban rumba, the bomba sprang from the culture of enslaved Africans and their music and dance traditions. Bomba-Dancing the Drum gives us an in-depth look at Don Rafael Cepeda, who with his extended family has spent a lifetime dancing, drumming, singing and teaching the bomba. The film is also a testament to the struggle to keep folk art alive in contemporary commercial culture. “A remarkable film”—New York Times. “A marvel”—Village Voice. — MARY CARBINE SCREENINGS Bomba-Dancing the Drum > Sat, Apr 6 > 1:00pm > 1h30 > Orpheum - Stage Door > ORDER CODE: BOM >
The Book and the Rose Please see WISCONSIN SHORTS III.
build UP: BREAK down: Please see STUDENT SHORTS I: VARIATIONS ON YOUTH.
Cat Lady Please see WISCONSIN SHORTS I.
China Diary (911) Please see SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH: EYEWITNESSES.
Chocolate-Coffee-Nicotine Please see STUDENT SHORTS I: VARIATIONS ON YOUTH.
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Cool and Crazy (Heftig og begeistret) Documentary Feature > Norway, Sweden > 2001 > 105 min > Color PART OF THE SERIES > Cinema at the Crossroads: Film in the New Europe, Documentary LANGUAGE > In Norweigan with English subtitles FORMAT > 35mm, 1.66 PRODUCTION COMPANY > Norsk Film, Barentsfilm DIRECTOR > Erik Knut Jensen PRODUCER > Tom Remlov CAST > The Berlevåg Men’s Choir
(Wisconsin Premiere) A box-office smash in its native Norway, this “docu-musical” transports its audience to the remote fishing village of Berlevåg, where the local male choir’s members range in age from 29 to 96. These eccentric singers are the closest you’ll ever get to an Arctic Buena Vista Social Club—a motley crew of stalwart, rugged men who bare their souls through song. The diverse group ranges from the chain-smoking conductor to the old-school Communist, who engages in frequent debates with his follow choir members about their opposing political views. “Thanks to his obvious admiration for the self-effacing choir’s dedication, not to mention their considerable talent, director Erik Knut Jensen has created a film that is—like the songs themselves—amusing, moving, patriotic, and powerful.” Chris Wiegand, Edinburgh Reviews. Winner, Best Documentary, 2001 Chicago International Film Festival. — SANDY LUCAS Print courtesy of First Run Features. SCREENINGS Cool and Crazy > Sat, Apr 6 > 8:30pm > 2h00 > Majestic > ORDER CODE: CC1 > Introduction by Mike Wilmington, Film Critic, Chicago Tribune. Cool and Crazy > Sun, Apr 7 > 1:00pm > 1h30 > Majestic > ORDER CODE: CC2 SPONSOR > Center for European Studies, the European Studies Alliance, the Department of Scandinavian Studies, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Chicago.
The Cufflink Please see WISCONSIN SHORTS III.
Cure (Kyua) Narrative Feature > Japan > 1998 > 115 min > Color PART OF THE SERIES > After Dark LANGUAGE > In Japanese with English subtitles FORMAT > 35mm, 1.85 PRODUCTION COMPANY > Code Red, Daiei Studios DIRECTOR > Kurosawa Kiyoshi PRODUCER > Ikeda Tetsuya, Kanno Satoshi, Tsuchikawa Tsutomu , Shimoda Atsuyuki EXECUTIVE PRODUCER > Kato Hiroyui SCREENPLAY BY > Kurosawa Kiyoshi CAST > Yakusho Koji, Hagiwara Masato, Anna Nakagawa, Ujiki Tsuyoshi, Osugi Ren
La Ciénaga Narrative Feature > Argentina, Spain > 2000 > 102 min > Color PART OF THE SERIES > Contemporary World Cinema LANGUAGE > In Spanish with English subtitles FORMAT > 35mm, 1.85 PRODUCTION COMPANY > 4K Films Production DIRECTOR > Lucrecia Martel PRODUCER > Lita Stantic SCREENPLAY BY > Lucrecia Martel CAST > Martín Adjemian, Diego Baenas, Leonora Balcarce, Silvia Bayle, Sofia Bertolotto, Juan Cruz Bordeu
(Madison Premiere) In this impressive first feature, director Lucrecia Martel delivers a gorgeously surreal vision of bourgeous decadence, set in the the dripping, humid countryside of northwest Argentina. Recalling Buñuel in its “steamy, drugged-out feel,” La Ciénaga follows the twisted relationships in a monumentally dysfunctional family (an alcoholic matriach, her indifferent husband, and their four unfortunate teenagers) as storms disrupt their summer respite—afternoons spent drinking beside a murky pool in their crumbling estate. Repressed tensions threaten to erupt into violence under uneasy skies, with near-constant thunder in the distance. “The suspense and foreboding are palpable. This finely made film establishes Martel as a talent to watch.”—Ramiro Puerto, Toronto Film Festival, 2001. Rated R. — MARY CARBINE Print courtesy of Cowboy Pictures. SCREENINGS La Ciénaga > Sat, Apr 6 > 3:15pm > 1h 45 > Orpheum - Main > ORDER CODE: LC1 > La Ciénaga > Sun, Apr 7 > 5:00pm > 1h45 > Orpheum - Main > ORDER CODE: LC2
(Madison Premiere) Police detective Takabe (Yakusho Koji from Shall We Dance) is confronted by a bizarre mystery: a series of bodies are found, each one with an X slashed on their chest. Each time the killer is a different person, with no memory of what happened. Takabe and police psychiatrist Sakuma try to find a common denominator behind the events. Meanwhile a young man suffering from memory loss wanders to the site, and things start hitting close to Takabe’s home.Kurosawa Kiyoshi delves skillfully into the subconscious of human psyche and the alienation of contemporary society in this horror/psychothriller surprise from Japan. Cure creeps under the viewer’s skin, and won’t let us loose easily, even in the ending. “Creates excitement with pulp elements while playing games with genre expectations, pushing at the boundaries of narrative convention—not to mention your mind.”— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. “Unsettling and deeply enigmatic.”—Scott Tobias, The Onion. — EIJA NISKANEN Print courtesy of Cowboy Pictures. SCREENINGS Cure > Fri, Apr 5 > Midnight > 1h45 > Cinematheque > ORDER CODE: CU1 > Campus late night movies made possible in part by The RWJ Project, The Chancellor’s Office and the Wisconsin Union at the UW-Madison.
Daresalam Narrative Feature > Chad, Burkina Faso > 2000 > 105 min > Color PART OF THE SERIES > Cinema at the Crossroads: Film in the New Europe, Contemporary World Cinema LANGUAGE > In Arabic and French with English subtitles FORMAT > 35mm, 1.85 PRODUCTION COMPANY > A La Sept Arte, Pierre Javaux Productions DIRECTOR > Issa Serge Coelo PRODUCER > Pierre Javaux SCREENPLAY BY > Issa Serge Coelo, Ismael Ben Cherrif, Pierre Guillaume CAST > Haikail Zakaria, Abdoulaye Ahmat, Youssouf Djaoro, Gerard Essomba, Sidiki Bakaba, Baba Hassan Fatime
(Wisconsin Premiere) Daresalam is the first African feature film to focus on the civil wars convulsing the continent, as well as one of the first feature films from Chad.
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Its story of two childhood friends turned into political foes personalizes the terrible costs of internecine strife. Chad’s civil war is one of Africa’s oldest. Its pre-colonial roots reflect a geopolitical division between an Islamic, pastoralist North and a Christian or animist agrarian South. After three decades of civil war Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world with a per capita GDP of only $600; in the Spring of 2001 a new rebellion broke out in the north. Daresalam begins in the 1970s with two young men, Koni and Djimi, starting adult life in a prosperous village. Their lives are disrupted when the central government browbeats villagers to pay not only taxes but also a national loan to help fight the guerilla war. The government ministers speak French, the language of the former colonial oppressors, because they don’t know the indigenous language. When an official attempts to arrest the village elder, Koni impulsively spears him; in retaliation the government burns the village and massacres the inhabitants, forcing Koni and Djimi to make difficult choices about the courses of their lives. “A poignant essay on civil war in modern-day Chad . . . so achingly beautiful and sad I watched with tears in my eyes.”—LA Weekly. “Spectacularly photographed . . . brilliantly weaves memory, hope and despair.”—San Francisco Weekly. — MARY CARBINE Print courtesy of California Newsreel. SCREENINGS Daresalam > Thu, Apr 4 > 7:00pm > 1h45 > Majestic > ORDER CODE: DAR > SPONSOR > The Center for European Studies, the European Studies Alliance, UWMadison, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Chicago.
Daughter From Danang Documentary Feature > USA > 2002 > 80 min > Color PART OF THE SERIES > Documentary LANGUAGE > In English and Vietnamese with English subtitles FORMAT > Beta SP PRODUCTION COMPANY > Interfaze Productions, American Experience, Independent Television Service, National Asian American Communication Association DIRECTOR > Gail Dolgin, Vincente Franco PRODUCER > Gail Dolgin
(Wisconsin Premiere) Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the intensely moving Daughter from Danang tells the story of a woman who left her family in Vietnam as a child in 1975 as part of “Operation Babylift” in which thousands of “orphans” and Amerasian children were brought to the United States to be raised in American homes. After 22 years of separation, Heidi Bub, aka Mai Thi Hiep, now living in Tennessee, journeys to Vietnam and is reunited with her mother—a complicated experience that brings both joy and pain to Heidi and her family.This extraordinary film takes us on an intimate journey, fraught with high expectations, intense emotion, and the wrenching difficulties of trying to make blood ties bridge immense cultural and personal divides.Daughter from Danang will be broadcast on PBS as part of The American Experience in 2003. — MARY CARBINE SCREENINGS Daughter From Danang > Sun, Apr 7 > 7:30 pm > 1h30 > Orpheum - Stage Door > ORDER CODE: DFD > SPONSOR > Wisconsin Public Television
Bomba-Dancing the Drum
The Days Between (In den Tag Hinein) Narrative Feature > Germany > 2001 > 118 min > Color PART OF THE SERIES > Cinema at the Crossroads: Film in the New Europe LANGUAGE > In German and English with English subtitles FORMAT > 35mm, 1.85 PRODUCTION COMPANY > November Film DIRECTOR > Maria Speth PRODUCER > Holger Lochau, Klaus Salge SCREENPLAY BY > Maria Speth CAST > Sabine Timoteo, Hiroki Mano, Florian Müller-Mohrun-
gen, Sabina Riedel, Nicole Marischka
(Wisconsin Premiere) Maria Speth’s debut feature is an engrossing and well-crafted love story about Lynn, 22, an aimless yet charismatic young woman, and Koji, the Japanese student whom she befriends. Though Koji speaks little English and even less German, his relationship with Lynn is able to transcend linguistic boundaries, lending meaning and tenderness to each of their otherwise isolated lives. Electric performances by the two leads and the luminous production design are among the film’s numerous charms. “This film is of a formal control that’s never suffocating . . . Delicately rough, The Days Between grasps what its moving situations provoke. For the director, everything seems worthy of filming. Every moment becomes precious.”— Erwan Higuinen, Cahiers du Cinema. Winner, Tiger Award, 2001 Rotterdam Film Festival. Winner, Grand Prix, 2001 Créteil International Women’s Film Festival. — SANDY LUCAS SCREENINGS The Days Between > Sat, Apr 6 > 1:00pm > 2h00 > Majestic > ORDER CODE: DB1 > The Days Between > Sun, Apr 7 > 6:00pm > 2h00 > Majestic > ORDER CODE: DB2 > SPONSOR > Center for European Studies, the Euro-
pean Studies Alliance, the Department of Scandinavian Studies, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Chicago.
The Deer and the Antelope Please see WISCONSIN SHORTS II.
Daughter From Danang